Over the weekend, offensive lineman Marcell Lazard confirmed his transfer from West Virginia University to Boston College for the 2017 season. Lazard will play for the Eagles as he finishes out his graduate work at the Woods College of Advancing Studies.
Rumors began on Saturday as the OL not-so-subtly changed his header photo on Twitter to a picture of Alumni Stadium, along with BC's logo plastered in the middle. The news was confirmed by Lazard himself, as he replied to a tweet from WVU teammate Kyle Bosch congratulating him on his commitment to BC.
While not the most pressing area of need for next year’s lineup, the offensive line will undoubtedly be strengthened by the addition of such an experienced veteran, especially one like Lazard, who has started in half of WVU’s games in the last two seasons. His transfer will add much-needed depth to a line suffering from a string of recent injuries, the latest a knee injury that will bench sophomore OL Elijah Johnson.
Lazard, clocking in at 6’6” and 307 pounds, is ranked by 247Sports.com as the #45 offensive tackle in the nation. Coming out of high school as a three-star prospect, he garnered offers from 15 universities before deciding on WVU. Although no official statement has been made by BC Athletics or West Virginia, Lazard’s reasons for transferring to the Heights likely include the itch to keep playing post-graduation, as well as the opportunity to hold a bigger leadership role on a relatively young team.